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Rick Wilson tears into pro-Trump Republicans over ‘false flag’ national emergency

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GOP strategist Rick Wilson blasted fellow Republicans Thursday after news broke that Donald Trump is poised to declare a national emergency to get his border wall with Mexico.

“Every one of you ‘conservatives’ gushing about the abuse of emergency powers owns it when a Democratic President declares a national emergency on Day 1,” Wilson tweeted following the announcement from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) about Trump’s decision to declare an emergency while also signing a bill to fund the government.

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“Whether it’s on guns or abortion or climate or LGBT issues, you just remember, you wanted this to be how things go,” the strategist wrote.

“That’s just the political side, but you’ll own it,” he added. “You wanted a national emergency for a totally made-up crisis, and so you’ll get more. No tool goes unused in politics.”

“This declaration is social engineering to make the [populist base] of Trump supporters feel good about how he’s going to Stop The Brown Tide and for short-term political spank-bank material for Sean Hannity and his imitators,” Wilson continued.

He went on to muse that conservatives “used to be cautious about executive overreach, at least on paper.”

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“Now, they’re cheering for a false flag emergency that will have long-running knock-on effects in the hands of the other team,” Wilson concluded.

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John Bolton lawyer tells judge his interests do not align with WH chief of staff Mick Mulvaney

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Former National Security Advisor John Bolton told a federal judge on Monday that his interests do not align with those of acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney.

"A long-simmering feud within the White House broke into the open on Monday as a lawyer for John R. Bolton, President Trump’s former national security adviser, filed a motion trying to keep Mick Mulvaney, the president’s acting chief of staff, from joining a lawsuit over impeachment testimony," New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker reported Monday.

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Trump’s lie about ‘doctored’ impeachment transcripts debunked by impeachment witnesses’ lawyers

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President Donald Trump on Monday falsely accused Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) of releasing "doctored" transcripts of impeachment inquiry witnesses and then bizarrely suggested that Republicans release their own versions of the transcripts.

"Shifty Adam Schiff will only release doctored transcripts," the president wrote on Twitter. "We haven’t even seen the documents and are restricted from (get this) having a lawyer."

Trump presented no evidence to back up his claim that Schiff had done something to alter the transcripts, which show that multiple administration officials testified that the Trump administration was withholding aid to Ukraine until its government agreed to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

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Trump-appointed judge delivers major blow to president’s efforts to keep his taxes secret

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President Donald Trump on Monday suffered yet another legal defeat in his quest to keep his tax returns a secret -- and it came at the hands of one of the president's own appointees.

CNN reports that Trump-appointed Judge Carl Nichols the of United States District Court for the District of Columbia has ruled that the president cannot sue the state of New York in his court to prevent the release of his taxes.

In his ruling, Nichols found that Trump's attorneys failed to establish a so-called "conspiracy jurisdiction" based on his accusations that New York Attorney General Letitia James is a co-conspirator with House Democrats in a plot to improperly reveal the president's personal financial information.

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